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Scott Detrow is a political correspondent for NPR. He covers the 2020 presidential campaign and co-hosts the NPR Politics Podcast. Detrow joined NPR in 2015. He reported on the 2016 presidential election, then worked for two years as a congressional correspondent before shifting his focus back to the campaign trail.
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Thank You, Mr. Nixon
Stories
Gish Jen - 2022-02-01
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Explore the fifty years since the opening of China through the lives of ordinary people in this collection of eleven stories. Starting with a letter to "poor Mr. Nixon" in hell, Gish Jen captures the all-too-human encounters that ensue as East meets West. With humor and compassion, characters navigate U.S.-Chinese relations in surprising and profound ways, reflecting history's shadow over our most intimate moments. Jen's masterful storytelling proves why she is one of America's most eminent storytellers.
Scott Detrow
2022-06-03T20:47:33.000Z
Book tweet: just finished "Thank You, Mr. Nixon" by Gish Jen. Blown away by the interconnected stories about the US, China, and generations of families going back and forth between the two countries.      source
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Rawhide Down
The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan
Del Quentin Wilber - 2011-03-15
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This gripping non-fiction book recounts the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981. Author Del Quentin Wilber provides a minute-by-minute account of the harrowing events that transpired, drawing on exclusive interviews and previously unseen documents, photos, and videos. Readers get a behind-the-scenes look at Secret Service agents, surgeons, and White House officials as they worked to save the wounded president. Rawhide Down is a cinematic and captivating true record of a moment that truly shaped Reagan's presidency and established his place in American political history.
Scott Detrow
2021-03-30T17:55:52.000Z
Great book      source
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The Hearts of Men
A Novel
Nickolas Butler - 2017-03-07
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This epic novel follows the intertwining stories of friendships and families at a beloved Boy Scout summer camp in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Spanning decades and exploring themes of good and evil, family and fidelity, lifelong friendships, and redemption, this tender and insightful book perfectly balances humor and heartache.
Scott Detrow
2021-03-29T14:45:02.000Z
@DeanneLZWeber His book from a few years ago, Hearts of Men, was so good. That was still a little better in my mind - the topic was closer to home to my life - but I really loved this too.      source
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A Legacy of Spies
A Novel
John le Carré - 2017-09-05
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Former British Secret Service member Peter Guillam is summoned back to London as his Cold War past comes back to haunt him. John le Carré weaves together the past and present in a single, intense plot that looks back on his previous works and highlights unforgettable characters. A Legacy of Spies is a thrilling read that resonates with tension, humor, and moral ambivalence.
Scott Detrow
2020-12-14T15:45:49.000Z
@catazog I hope NPR does a story answering this q this week! I think The Spy Who Came In From The Cold is a great starting point. His first big book, and it moves at a faster pace than some of the others. If you like that, move on to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, or A Legacy of Spies.      source
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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
A George Smiley Novel
John le Carré - 2011-06-07 (first published in 1974)
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A retired British Intelligence officer, George Smiley, sets out to catch a Soviet mole who has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. The only clues he has are his wits and a small, loyal team. This bestselling book, now an Oscar-nominated feature film, comes from the New York Times bestselling author of A Legacy of Spies, John le Carré. Don't miss his new novel, Agent Running in the Field, coming October 2019.
Scott Detrow
2020-12-14T15:45:49.000Z
@catazog I hope NPR does a story answering this q this week! I think The Spy Who Came In From The Cold is a great starting point. His first big book, and it moves at a faster pace than some of the others. If you like that, move on to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, or A Legacy of Spies.      source
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold book cover
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
John le Carré - 2001-11-27 (first published in 1963)
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Uncover the secret world of international espionage in this thrilling classic novel. Written by a former British Intelligence agent, the story follows a spy who's desperate to end his career but is given one last mission. Tensions rise as he's sent into dangerous territory, forced to play the part of a dishonored spy in order to bring down his enemies. Full of twists and turns, this suspenseful tale is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Scott Detrow
2020-12-14T15:45:49.000Z
@catazog I hope NPR does a story answering this q this week! I think The Spy Who Came In From The Cold is a great starting point. His first big book, and it moves at a faster pace than some of the others. If you like that, move on to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, or A Legacy of Spies.      source
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The Only Plane in the Sky
An Oral History of 9/11
Garrett M. Graff - 2019-09-10
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The Only Plane in the Sky is an oral history of September 11, 2001, told through interviews with nearly 500 Americans who were on the front lines of the tragedy. Author Garrett Graff paints a vivid portrait of the day as it was experienced by flight attendants, pilots, first responders, government officials, witnesses, survivors, and loved ones. This powerful tribute to the courage of everyday Americans is an essential addition to the literature of 9/11, exploring the human drama of an event that changed history and all of our lives.
Scott Detrow
2019-09-11T13:51:58.000Z
A new book review from me on this 9/11 anniversary. "The Only Plane In The Sky" is excruciating, emotional reading. And that's the point.      source